I built an Altoids tin multi-fuel backpacking stove

I spent an hour or two on Youtube the other night, coming up with ideas for this. So, none of the ideas are original to me, but I didn't see a multi-fuel setup or a capillary action alcohol stove out of a Altoids tin. 

97 grams as it currently sits. It will gain a little bit of weight as I add a small fero rod and jigsaw blade, wind screen and protective wrap. The tin will be the handle for the small saw. I am also going to add a leather wrap around the tin. The wrap is to contain the parts and also be used for a base for keeping tinder dry when making a campfire. The leather thong will be long enough for a bow-drill.

The capillary stove is pretty cool. The fuel wicks up inside the metal wick by capillary action. The metal gets hot, vaporizes the fuel, and it burns. The X shape of the wick is to increase the amount of flame area while providing good air flow to the flame. The X is a slice of a soda can, folded down to the shape.
Currently, I have a problem with boiling of the fuel before it can vaporize, so the stove will spit little fire balls nearly a foot away! It needs work yet.

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Capillary action alcohol stove burning. The fluid wicks up between the thin gap in the soda can wick. The hot metal vaporizes the alcohol, which then burns well. This will burn like this for 5 minutes on 6ml of denatured alcohol and then burn out in a matter of seconds.

All packed up. Everything fits into a regular Altoids tin.

This is in liquid fuel mode. The burner sits inside the tin which has the bolt stand offs to hold the pot. The mesh grate isn’t used in this form.

Wood burning mode. Small sticks can be placed between the pot stand posts. The grate allows air to get under the fire for better burning.

The pot stand is sized to work with metal water bottles.

Working on some cell phone holders for the cars

My wife's is a magnetic stand. I am building in wireless charging and NFC. Just place the phone in the stand, and the apps she wants will turn on automatically and it will do what she wants. Trying to make it really easy to use.

Mine won't be magnetic, but will function as a dash cam.

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It is working. The mount holds the phone. A wire loop holds the phone from falling and the magnetic top holds it in the stand.

The magnetic base probably can’t hold the phone up from the end and not the center – the moment would be too great. Hoping this works.

This is a prototype for my next phone stand. THis one is not magnetic, but holds the phone in portrait mode so I can use it for a dash-cam. The phone sits in the two upper big clips. This helped me work out where on the dash I want the phone to sit and how far from the windshield.

Not sure how many times a Make magazine gets used for making stuff… literally.

Parts. Parts and supplies. I love parts and supplies. Wire and Tape and wireless chargers and stuff…

I used a drill press and a nibbler to cut this shoddy hole in the metal plate.

A Qi wireless charger is part of the hanger. This makes the stand even cooler. Just place the phone on the base, and it charges. Also, on the top, you can see an NFC tag.

Here you can see the NFC tag at the top of the stand. Run the phone past the tag and the apps used in the car are turned on.

One touch magic!

Ava's room

When we bought the house, there is one room we referred to as the 'stupid room' as it was the smallest room, biggest closet, and 2 doors. We set it up as an office and library. Worked great.

With Ava, we decided that the time had come, the office is going away, it's the nursery. We'd discussed the very thing when we bought the house. 

So, this had the last of the original carpet. So I replaced the carpet. Katie ordered a wall decal set that I made work with the crib. 

Today I hung adjustable shelves so the largest closet in the house can be put to better use. It's a mix of baby stuff and kitchen stuff. 

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The new carpet is much better. I put down extra padding so it should be extra soft for babies and standing changing diapers.

I really like the decals. It makes the room look nice.

And the closet. With this installed, I am DONE with this room. Only a 6 month project?

Some nasty dirty carpet. I painted the walls before replacing the carpet, knowing I didn’t care about the old stuff.

Did a pretty good job of getting the carpet the right size. Not much left over.

I’d bought carpet laying tools when I bought the house and layed the other carpets. I am 1 extension set short. So I improvised.

I tried braiding my eldest daughter's hair

She was sitting beside me, so the braid runs the 'wrong' way which I think looks pretty interesting. Also, I didn't have a rubber band for the end, so I back-spliced the end.

I was surprised how well this worked. I did a sloppy job of it, and it still held for a while. I think I will need to practice my rope back-splicing on her hair some more.

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